Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Scenarios

These clinical scenarios are based on real, anonymised patient interviews with clinicians.

They provide examples of how to interview and assess young people, both with and without their families present. Each case guides you from the initial referral through a number of decisions to make in the interview, and demonstrates how to take a developmental history and ask about school and home life, before reaching an example case formulation, including perpetuating and protective factors.

These authentic case studies feature children and teenagers of a variety of ages and backgrounds, presenting with a mixture of behavioural, emotional and physical symptoms, allowing you to explore a broad range of possible diagnoses, including:

  • Developmental disorders, including ADHD, autism, intellectual disabilities and motor disorder
  • Anxiety, depression and emotional disorders, including self-harm and suicide
  • Thought disorder or psychosis
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders, including trichotillomania
  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Personality and conduct disorders
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

They were designed to help students on King’s College London’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc prepare for clinical placements, and were created by Dr Anula Nikapota, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with Elena Hernandez-Martin, Senior e-Learning Developer, Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning, King’s College London. 

Simply click on 'Enrol' below to access the scenarios, or click 'View course' if you are returning to view them again.